Fonderie Darling and Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop are excited to announce that the artists selected to be the 2024 Darling x Newhaven residents, are Émilie Allard, representing Quebec and Kirsty Russell, representing Scotland. The artists will be spending three months in Scotland and Canada, respectively, developing and researching new work and connecting to their peers. This is the second year of a three year exchange programme that aims to connect Scottish and Quebec based artists and organisations, facilitating cultural and knowledge exchange.


Émilie Allard 

Artist and poet Émilie Allard holds a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Université du Québec à Montréal (2015) and a master’s degree in sculpture from Concordia University (2023). In addition to her individual practice, she has collaborated with choreographers and dancers, and has been part of a multidisciplinary collective.

Her individual and collective work has been presented on several occasions, including at the Centre Clark, the Festival international de littérature, Tangente, Arsenal art contemporain and Espace Projet. As a poet, she was selected for Radio-Canada’s 2018 poetry competition and published Carbone Scopique in 2021 and Désencombrements, matière et événement, in 2024, both at Le Lézard amoureux, as well as a text in Estuaire magazine. She completed a residency at Le Lieu unique, Nantes, thanks to the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec in 2022-23 and will be a resident at the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop in Scotland as part of the Darling Newhaven program in 2024. 

You can see more of her work here

Kirsty Russell

Kirsty Russell is an artist living in Aberdeen. Her work is concerned with support, and structures that underpin and maintain. With reference to the women in her family who work in positions of care, she often returns to the physical and emotional weight of the work that they do and to the repetitive nature of maintenance. Her work expands into places of care, such as hospitals and schools, through project worker and other supporting roles.

Recent exhibitions of Kirsty’s work include Practising Bodies, Cubitt Gallery (2024), Talbot Rice Residents Exhibition, Talbot Rice Gallery (2024), Betwixt, Mimosa House (2024), Platform: 2021, Edinburgh Art Festival (2021), A Spoon is the Safest Vessel, Glasgow Women’s Library (2019) and Common Positions curated by Sean Elder, for the Jerwood Staging Series (2019). In 2018 she was selected to undertake Syllabus IV, a collaboratively-produced alternative learning programme, jointly delivered by Wysing Arts Centre, Spike Island, Studio Voltaire, S1 Artspace, Eastside Projects and Iniva. In 2019 she was a Jerwood Bursary recipient. From 2022–24 Kirsty was a resident at Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh College of Art, The University of Edinburgh. Kirsty is one fifth of Tactics for Togetherness, an artist group exploring collaboration and resource sharing.

You can find out more about her work here

This is the second year of a three year exchange programme that aims to connect Scottish and Quebec based artists and organisations, facilitating cultural and knowledge exchange.

Our partners for this project at Darling Foundry in Montréal and Hospitalfield in Scotland.

This programme has been generously funded by the Conseil des arts de Montréal, Creative Scotland,  British Council Scotland, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec, Culture et Communications Quebec, St Andrews Society of Montréal.


Image credits

Left: Émile Allard, photo courtesy the artist

Right: Kirsty Russell. Photo: Josh Young